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SOIL 101
Soils and civilization. Soil disasters due to erosion, salinization or contamination. Historical failures in soil conservation. Dependence of highways, building foundations and waste treatment on soil behavior. Ecological functions of soil. Soils as the source of food and fiber production.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 153
Soil Resources Crosslisted as AGRO 153, HORT 153
Prereqs: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry.
Characteristics of soils in relation to their appropriate uses and protection. Principles and practices using cooperative exercises including discussion, assessment, planning, problem-solving, writing, and presentation involving all aspects of soils.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 1, Recitation 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 269
Principles of Soil Management Crosslisted as AGRO 269
Prereqs: AGRO 153.
Principles of soil management under dryland and irrigated conditions. Relationships of soil and climate resources to soil erosion, movement and storage of soil water, soil organic matter, and irrigation practice. Special problem topics such as acidity, alkali, drainage, and soil testing.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 405
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 279
Soil Evaluation Crosslisted as AGRO 279, NRES 279
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 295
Internship in Agronomy Crosslisted as AGRO 295, RNGE 295
Prereqs: Sophomore standing and completion of internship approval form. The internship proposal is subject to approval by the department.
P/N only. Written and oral report usually required.
Participation in agronomic applications and in agronomy-related areas of agribusiness; agronomic research in lab, greenhouse, or field; participation in farming practices other than those in which the student has had previous experience; or preparation of teaching materials.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 5
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 354
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Crosslisted as MSYM 354, WATS 354
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 153; and MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211.
Watershed hydrology, soil erosion, erosion control, water management, and land surveying and mapping. Includes rainfall-runoff relationships; determination of watershed characteristics; terraces, waterways, vegetative filters, and residue management; ponds, wetlands, non-point source pollution control, and water conservation; profile and topographic surveying.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 361
Soils, Environment and Water Quality Crosslisted as AGRO 361, GEOL 361, WATS 361, NRES 361
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109,110) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281
Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
SOIL 366
Soil Nutrient Relationships Crosslisted as AGRO 366
Prereqs: AGRO 153.
Use of fertilizers as plant nutrient sources to produce healthy and nutritious plants, improve profit, insure enterprise sustainability, fulfill legal requirements, and protect soil and water quality. Addresses issues from production agriculture, natural resource utilization and preservation, and ornamental plant culture.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 831
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 453
Urban Soil Properties and Management Crosslisted as HORT 453, AGRO 453, LARC 453
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153.
Characteristics of soils in urban settings. Evaluation of soils intended for intensive human uses. Manipulation and remediation of soils subject to construction and other stresses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 455
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy Crosslisted as AGRO 455/855, NRES 455/855
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109 and 110; CHEM 221 or 251; or equivalent.
Chemical and mineralogical properties of soil components. Inorganic colloidal fraction. Structures of soil minerals as a means of understanding properties, such as ion exchange and equilibria; release and supply of nutrient and toxic materials; and soil acidity and alkalinity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 458
Soil Physical Determinations Crosslisted as AGRO 458/858, NRES 458/858
Prereqs: SOIL/AGRO/GEOL/WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103.
Capstone course. Lab 3, plus 3 hrs arr. Grad students in NRES/AGRO 458/858 or SOIL 458 are expected to carry out an independent project and give an oral report.
Survey of measurement techniques and principles used in characterizing the physical properties of soils. Includes analysis of experimental design and sources of experimental error. Techniques include: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 460
Soil Microbiology Crosslisted as AGRO 460/860, BIOS 447/847, NRES 460/860
Prereqs: One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry.
Soil from a microbe's perspective-growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 461
Soil Physics Crosslisted as AGRO 461/861, GEOL 461/861, NRES 461/861, WATS 461
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.
Recommended: Parallel AGRO/NRES/SOIL 458.
Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 472
Applied Soil Physics Crosslisted as WATS 472, NRES 472/872, AGRO 472/872
Prereqs: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or equivalent; MATH 104 or MATH 106 or equivalent.
Emphasis on applied soil physics. Discussion of theoretical principles followed by field and laboratory exercises and applications. Fluxes of water, solutes, air, and heat through the soil. Emphasis on water infiltration, water retention, other soil hydraulic properties. Components of soil water balance. Management of soil water.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 475
Water Quality Strategy Crosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, NRES 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOCI 475/875, WATS 475
Prereqs: Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
SOIL 477
Great Plains Field Pedology Crosslisted as AGRO 477, GEOG 467/867, NRES 477/877
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 153.
Spatial relationship of soil properties on various parts of landscape typical of the Plains, causal factors, and predictions of such relationships on other landscapes. Grouping these properties into classes, naming the classes, and the taxonomy that results from this grouping. Application of a taxonomy to a real situation through making a field soil survey in a region representative of the Plains border, predicting land use response of various mapped units as it affects the ecosystem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the taxonomic system used in the region surveyed.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab , Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 495
Grasslands Seminar Crosslisted as AGRO 495, ENTO 495, GRAS 495, HORT 495, NRES 495, RNGE 495
Prereqs: Junior standing.
Topic varies and deals with different aspects of forage and/or range and/or livestock, turf and/or landscape grasses, natural habitats, and wetlands.
Credit Hours: 1-2
Max credits per degree: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 496
Independent Study Crosslisted as AGRO 496/896, RNGE 496
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 498
Senior Project Crosslisted as AGRO 498
Prereqs: Senior standing.
Capstone course. A two-semester sequence. Students should select one credit hour the first semester and three credits the second semester. The first semester will be used for planning, topic selection, and identifying a project adviser. The second semester will be used to carry out the research project, prepare a written report, and possibly an oral presentation.
Carry out and report on a research project.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOIL 499H
Honors Thesis Crosslisted as AGRO 499H, RNGE 499H
Prereqs: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom

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